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National teachers to be balloted on industrial action

first_img Facebook Google+ Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Facebook Twitter Previous articleCockhill Bridge project set to move forward start as CPO process is approvedNext articleGAA Programme – 24/02/16 admin Pinterest National teachers to be balloted on industrial action 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe WhatsApp By admin – February 25, 2016 Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation are to vote on industrial action in the next week.The INTO says in the last five years, close to 4000 management posts have been lost in Primary Schools countrywide.The INTO are balloting all members nationally for industrial action on the loss of these posts and the resulting increase in workload, with the first phase being the withdrawal of co-operation for the School Self Evaluation inspection model.Sine Friel is the INTO’s Media Coordinator in Letterkenny. She expects the action will be ratified……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/sineweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

The Action Network: Best bets to win at Sonoma

first_imgThe Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) heads to Sonoma Raceway for the first road course race of the 2019 season. In an added twist, this will be the first time since 1997 that the series races on the full 2.52-mile layout, which includes the “Carousel” section, instead of the 1.99 mile layout used the past two decades.Sonoma is a very technical road course, much slower than its longtime counterpart on the Cup schedule, Watkins Glen.An important note: Do not overvalue overall road course performance when betting this race. All of my top performing statistical models show that overall road course performance is not a significant predictive factor.Instead, track history at Sonoma far outweighs performance across all the road courses (including the Charlotte Roval which was run for the first time in last year’s playoffs). Other top factors in my models include both short and long-run speed in practice, and year-to-date performance across all races.One other major factor that is not predictive of finishing position or winning: starting position. Since 2005, eight of the 14 winners have started 10th or worse, including two drivers winning despite starting in the 30s.On the flip side, only two drivers have won from the front row (both starting second), and only four drivers starting inside the top five have won. If books overreact to qualifying, this is an opportunity to jump on some value from elite drivers staring mid-pack, or fade subpar Sonoma drivers starting toward the front.With that in mind, let’s look at the top futures bets for Sunday’s race, including some very surprising odds for the driver who sits atop my model.Clint Bowyer +2500 to WinFirst, I should note that at multiple sites across the industry, there are some egregious lines. This is one of them.Bowyer is a former Sonoma winner, and the favorite to win the race according to my top two statistical models. One of the models looks at predicted average finish, and Bowyer leads that with a projected average finish of 6.0 over 10,000 simulations of incident-free races.To show you how far ahead Bowyer comes, Kurt Busch is second with an average finish of 6.7. The other model only looks at probability to finish top three, and Bowyer again leads the field with a 59.4% chance in incident-free races.Bowyer has a strong track history, with seven straight top-10 finishes if you remove his one race driving for the underfunded, and now-defunct HScott Motorsports. Six of those seven finishes were also in the top five. Bowyer paved the way in 10-lap speed in final practice, nearly 0.4 mph per lap quicker than second place.Bowyer is at +1600 at DraftKings, and +650 at William Hill and +600 at Westgate. Bowyer is not being priced as the favorite, but he should be with the favorites at around +500 per my model.I am betting him at anything above +2500, but will also probably throw in a +650 bet at William Hill (or hold out for +700) at a book where the lines aren’t out of whack.Jimmie Johnson +340 to Win Group CBrad Keselowski +190Daniel Suarez +325Ryan Blaney +330Jimmie Johnson +340According to my model, Keselowski and Johnson are neck-and-neck in regards to average finish, with Keselowski edging out Johnson with a projected average finish of 9.59 to 9.63 — a statistical tie. Blaney and Suarez come in significantly behind at 10.9 and 13.8 respectively.So what does Johnson have going for him this weekend? He has raced at Sonoma 17 times, with 15 incident-free races under his belt. In each of those 15 races Johnson finished 17th or better. Notably, in the higher downforce era of the Gen-6 car, he’s finished ninth, sixth and seventh, while Keselowski has struggled to finishes of 21st, 22nd, and 19th. Keselowski has finished ahead of Johnson once in nine tries at Sonoma.Looking at on-track activity this weekend, Johnson practiced fourth and 15th, while Keselowski was 19th in both sessions. Johnson did not make a 10-lap run, but Keselowski was seventh out of 19 drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps. Blaney and Suarez were 13th and 15th in that category. Only Blaney posted better single-lap times than Johnson, but not by much. Johnson’s far superior track history is a bigger factor.Johnson should actually be the favorite in this group with Keselowski slightly favored over Blaney and Suarez in a clear fourth. I’d bet Johnson down to +250. My model shows it’s also a profitable long-term play to bet both Johnson and Blaney in this group at these prices and hope either one beats Keselowski.Other Futures BetsThere are a bunch more futures bets that are very out of whack when compared to my model:Martin Truex Jr. +640 to win. I’d bet this down to +450. Truex is a co-favorite per my model along with Bowyer.Chris Buescher +75000 to win. Bet down to +15000.Jimmie Johnson +4500 to win. Bet down to +3000.Alex Bowman +5000 to win. Bet down to +2500.last_img read more

Local authorities could buy distressed homes

first_imgThe measures – which could be announced as soon as Tuesday – will encourage councils and housing associations to offer struggling borrowers financial help in return for a stake in their homes or outright ownership. The number of council homes has plummeted since 1981 from 6.1 million to 2.5 million. Hundreds of millions of pounds of extra cash earmarked for social housing could now be released early to buy up newly built properties.It is understood that town halls will also be encouraged to emulate Liverpool’s local authority, which offers first-time buyers help with deposits in return for a small equity stake. Other options, including a stamp duty holiday, are being held back for further consideration. The Timeslast_img read more

‘Insect milk’ now on sale in South Africa

first_imgREUTERS/Yves Herman REUTERS/Yves HermanA South African company has begun selling what it calls “Entomilk,” a special milk made from farmed insects.“Think of Entomilk as a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future,” Gourmet Grubb said on its website.According to the company, one of the most pivotal benefits of Entomilk is that it has a high protein content and is rich in minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium.Entomilk entered the market two years after the debut of the so-called “cockroach milk,” a milk made from the viviparous cockroach named Diploptera punctata.This particular kind of cockroach, which is usually found on Pacific islands like Hawaii, is the only known cockroach that gives birth to their babies, as opposed to laying eggs.Their milk is a crystal of proteins, fats and sugars, which are important for the growth of baby cockroaches.A study carried out by Indian researchers in 2016 found that the cockroach milk is estimated to contain over three times the energy of the equivalent mass of cow milk.However, scientists did not expect the cockroach milk to be found in supermarkets anytime soon. Besides its unappealing name, it’s also unclear if the milk is safe to consume. Plus, there’s not enough research to make this nauseating food appealing.“We have no evidence that it is actually safe for human consumption,” said Subramanian Ramaswamy, the lead author of the 2016 study.And as The Independent reports, it takes a lot of cockroaches to make ample amounts of milk for human consumption.“On one hand, insect farms can be easily greener and more sustainable than bovine farming,” nutritionist Martina Della Vedova told The Independent. “But on the other hand, we don’t know what the effect of this food on us in the long term is and if there is a daily maximum amount we should consider. More studies and investigation should be conducted.”Not to mention, there are plenty of other nutritious foods that more appetizing.As registered dietitian Jo Travers told The Independent, “Just because it contains nutrients doesn’t necessarily mean we need to rush out and eat it.”last_img read more